MENU
Filed under Fine Arts, Showcase

Creativity and relief

How WHHS students use art as a way to relieve stress

Art+can+be+more+than+decoration.+%E2%80%9CBoiling+Over%E2%80%9D+by+Gabriel+Grimaldi%2C+%E2%80%9822%2C+is+a+visual+piece+that+portrays+an+abstract+representation+of+being+overwhelmed.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Creativity and relief

Art can be more than decoration. “Boiling Over” by Gabriel Grimaldi, ‘22, is a visual piece that portrays an abstract representation of being overwhelmed.

Art can be more than decoration. “Boiling Over” by Gabriel Grimaldi, ‘22, is a visual piece that portrays an abstract representation of being overwhelmed.

Courtesy Gabriel Grimaldi

Art can be more than decoration. “Boiling Over” by Gabriel Grimaldi, ‘22, is a visual piece that portrays an abstract representation of being overwhelmed.

Courtesy Gabriel Grimaldi

Courtesy Gabriel Grimaldi

Art can be more than decoration. “Boiling Over” by Gabriel Grimaldi, ‘22, is a visual piece that portrays an abstract representation of being overwhelmed.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






There are many ways to deal with stress. Some people attend therapy sessions, listen to music, take it out through athletics or vent to friends. Others find relief through art.

Resources to Recover, a website dedicated to providing information on mental health, defines art therapy as an application of the visual arts in a therapeutic context. Listed benefits of art therapy include raising self-esteem, promoting stress relief and emotional release and fueling self-discovery.

“I think art can calm you down when you’re feeling stressed. It’s a way to relieve what you’re feeling. A lot of people I know make ‘relief’ art,” Eva Whittenburg, ‘22, said.

Angelina Backers, ‘20, said she commonly uses creating art as a coping mechanism.

Courtesy Gabriel Grimaldi
Grimaldi’s work has been shown at WHHS’s Fall Art Show. Grimaldi has also been featured in the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition.

“[Creating art is] really nice when you’re super sad. [It gives you] something else to focus on,” Backers said.

When asked about how he believes creating art can affect or benefit mental health, Gabriel Grimaldi, ‘22, said, “Creating art helps you face your inner struggles and holds up a mirror to how you see yourself. [You can] use creativity to face the insecurities you have in your head.”

One of Grimaldi’s most cathartic pieces is titled “Boiling Over.” The abstract colored pencil piece displays a girl in several pieces.

“[“Boiling Over” is] a piece just about feeling stressed out and wanting to just release yourself from your worldly stresses and just create a surrealistic view of what can be next for yourself,” Grimaldi said.

Grimaldi is an AP Studio Art student. As a freshman, he is one of the youngest students in the class. Grimaldi received a Silver Key for his drawing and illustration piece in the regional 2019 Scholastic Art Awards.

WHHS Art students have found a way to de-stress themselves while doing something that they love. Art therapy allows self expression through both creativity and emotion.

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    Medea addressing a current issue with a thousand-year-old script

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    The community within theater

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    Bringing change to the Color Guard

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    Scholastic Art Awards

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    ArtWorks Apprenticeship

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    SENIOR Daniel Perrea strings together short films and music scores

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    WHHS artists recognized in National Scholastic Awards

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    Upcoming WHHS Fine Arts Events

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    Men’s Ensemble performs at local elementary schools

  • Creativity and relief

    Fine Arts

    Scholastic Art Awards

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Walnut Hills High School
Creativity and relief